Record Store


Michael Clark + Rachael Jean Harris + Ali Horn + AJHD

81 Renshaw + Funnel Music Promotion

Live Music
Wednesday 20th Feb 19:30

To support the release of his debut EP Something to be Won, Michael Clark is heading out on an 8 date UK tour joined by his new backing band, Jack & Lily Wolter from Penelope Isles and Benjamin Woods from The Golden Dregs. Michael’s hushed, delicate folk songs where beautifully brought to life by his friends on stage, elevating his music to another level. With its gentle guitar and shadowy vocals, it feels only right that Something To Be Won is released in the heart of winter, these songs, barren and beguiling, are seemingly shaped as much by the dark spaces created in the crackling ambient backdrop, as the simple restraint learned from its musical influences.

The Whitechapel Centre Fundraiser

Live Music
Thursday 21st Feb 19:30

No advance tickets, pay on the door only

An evening in aid of the Whitechapel Centre There will music from: Ukulele band, The Cool Hand Ukes and from Americana band, Mo`Lasses. Fun quiz to be held in the Interval.

Holding Paterns

Modern Rituals + Real Terms

Live Music
Friday 22nd Feb 19:30

Formerly of Derby emo legends Crash of Rhinos, Holding Patterns’ debut Liverpool show promises perfectly crafted, hard-hitting rock tunes in the vein of Burning Airlines, Braid and The Casket Lottery. Modern Rituals, off the back of their 2018 album ‘The Light That Leaks In’, Modern Rituals bring big riffs and big melodies. “Like their Boston-based counterparts Pile, but with tinges of a band who grew up listening to The Smiths and Weezer.”(Stereogum). Support comes from Liverpool’s wonky math-pop lads Real Terms packing “off-kilter bangers” (Fecking Bahamas)

The Best of Peep Show (Seasons 4-6)


Wednesday 27th Feb 19:30

After numerous SOLD OUT screenings throughout 2019, Yeah Buddy DIY & Liverpool Noise bring you cult TV show screening of The Best of Peep Show (Seasons 4-6) as voted for by you

RSD 2019 Launch Event

Announcement of the 2019 list!!!

Live Music
Thursday 28th Feb 19:00


No tickets, just turn up!

Record Store Day is coming. So get down for an evening of music and entertainment. We will have copies of the list of the 500+ limited edition exclusive RSD releases, plus wishlists so you can let us know what you are after. There will be the now famous 81 Renshaw Music quiz with legitimately boss prizes. And live music from 81 Favourite Rachael Jean Harris.


Strangers + Eyes + Faraday + Twist Helix

A Soft Lad Promotion

Live Music
Friday 1st Mar 19:30

Strangers are a 3 piece alternative indie band from Cheshire. The bandformed in 2017. Following the release of their debut EP “The Demo Tape” in early 2018, the band have recently released singles “Hibernate” and “Big sleep”. With another project set to be released this spring, there’s no shortage of new music in their already packed energetic live set

Blackheart Orchestra

Plus Charlie McKeon

Live Music
Saturday 2nd Mar 19:30

Described by Rock Society magazine as “One of the most extraordinary female voices singing anywhere” and by Genesis Legend Steve Hackett as “Beautiful, powerful and inspiring” award-winning British songwriters, composers and multi-instrumentalists Chrissy Mostyn and Rick Pilkington are The Blackheart Orchestra. Fresh from supporting the legendary Hawkwind on there recent European tour, The Blackheart Orchestra now head out on there own headline tour of the Country. After 10 years of concert touring across the world, four acclaimed albums, appearances on Good Morning TV, Radio 2 and awards ranging from winning Best British Duo in the Exposure Music Awards to #4 Best New Band of 2018 in PROG magazine’s readers’ poll and then being nominated for The Limelight Award in the 2018 Progressive Music Awards, the unique Blackheart Orchestra have become one of the must-see bands of 2019. The pioneering duo blend musical styles seamlessly sidestepping boundaries to create music huge enough to fill a cathedral. Well known for producing music beyond all easily marketed genres, their multi-instrumental sonic landscapes have always been too unpredictable for pop, too adventurous for the mainstream and too plain weird for folk. Fusing acoustic fragility and electronica, The Blackheart Orchestra bring together stringed instruments with 80’s synthesisers and classical influences. Don't miss this fantastic, rare opportunity to see them play in such an intimate atmoshpere.

Angel Snow + Cheley Tackett

Heaven's Gate

Live Music
Friday 8th Mar 20:00

Heaven’s Gate present a double bill of Nashville based singer songwriters. Angel Snow writes and performs the kind of music you just fall in love with. She has the highest calibre of artistry intertwined with the deepest sincerity. Exploring the deepest sides of the human experience, it is Angel’s hope to touch on topics that go unspoken and so create music that provokes an honest, emotional response. Cheley Tackett is one of Nashville’s most celebrated emerging artists, blending lyrical intensity and melodic craftsmanship

Pete Wilkinson + Lydiah + John Jenkins

A Klee Music Presentation

Live Music
Saturday 9th Mar 19:30

Klee's first event of the year at 81 and its a corker. Three great artists play 'in the round' with the Klee twist as each act takes it in turn to perform a song from each others catalogue.

Boss New Plays 3

The Lantern Theatre Writers

Thursday 14th Mar 19:30

Lantern Writers are back at Renshaw over two nights with more new shows from emerging local talent. Dip in on either evening for a blend of comedy, drama, tragedy and anything else that will keep you gripped to your seat.

Boss New Plays 3

The Lantern Theatre Writers

Friday 15th Mar 19:30

Lantern Writers are back at Renshaw over two nights with more new shows from emerging local talent. Dip in on either evening for a blend of comedy, drama, tragedy and anything else that will keep you gripped to your seat.

Tony Slattery is Unrehearsable

With Special Guest Michael Starke

Saturday 16th Mar 14:00 - 16:30

Tony continues his monthly residency at 81 Renshaw. This month he interviews local actor Michael Starke. Michael played the much loved character Sinbad for 16 years in C4's flagship show Brookside. Michael's numerous TV credits also include Crossroads, Corrie, Casualty, Holby City and the Hollywood film 51st State.

Chicken Shack

DJ Sets
Saturday 16th Mar 19:30

Chicken Shack is back for an evening of top notch vinyl spinning. Stan Evans (The Sink Soul Club), Lawrence Marsh (Rockin’ On The Wirral) and Andy Rowan (The Go-Go Cage!) bring you an evening of Rhythm & Blues, Early Soul, Rock & Roll, Bluebeat, Beat, Mod Jazz and related cool sounds. Get your dancing shoes polished and we’ll see you there!

Make Friends + Persian Hugs + TBC

81 Renshaw & Funnel Music Present

Live Music
Wednesday 20th Mar 19:30

Make Friends are a dynamic four piece dispensing progressive indie-pop, laced with infectious grooves, big-crowd sing-along chorus’ and ethereal washes of glacial guitar – it all drives forward their truly original big-stage festival sound.


plus Ash Palmer + Broomhead

Live Music
Thursday 21st Mar 19:30

Midweek Music Club returns in March with hugely popular headliner Tamsyn who are a fabulous uplifting indie band featured twice on BBC Introducing for fans of The Cure, The 1975 and Panic! At the Disco with support from 2 MWMC Award winners Ash Palmer (best song 2018) and Broomhead (Best Songwriters)

Goat Roper Rodeo Band

Plus Stuart Todd & Mike West

Live Music
Friday 22nd Mar 20:00 - 23:00

With just an upright bass, two old guitars and a bucketful of aching harmony, THE GOAT ROPER RODEO BAND are preaching ‘Country Blues’ like you never heard… It’s up, it’s down, it’s soft and loud, it’s dark and lonesome too, there’s hurt and shame and some mean old pain but there’s love in what they do! There’s a hint of Gram, a sniff of Dylan and a twist of Waylon’s blues … Simply put, it’s exactly what it says on the tin. “With refreshing, startling vocal harmonies and quirky song writing skills, these young’uns can roll out a fab sombre number just as well as an upbeat one, the Goat Roper Rodeo Band possess a uniqueness and quality that promises success and lovers of this old timey sound are simply going to love this.” (Maverick magazine) Support comes from Stuart Todd, one of the most popular and respected artists of the Liverpool acoustic scene and, alt-blues warrior Mike West.

John Otway

Screening & Live Performance

Live Music
Saturday 23rd Mar 15:00

3pm (start) Screening with Q&A (finish 5.30pm) - £6 (Limited availability)
7.30pm Live Performance - £12
Joint Screening & Performance ticket - £16 (Limited availability)

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John Otway is an English singer-songwriter who has built a sizeable cult audience through extensive touring, a surreal sense of humour and a self-deprecating underdog persona.

And we've got a whole day of him!!

Join us from 3pm for a screening of John's film 'Rock 'n' Roll Failure: Otway The Movie' followed by a Q&A finishing at 5.30pm.

Then from 7.30pm John will take to the stage for one of his trademark, high-energy, off the wall live shows.

Screening - The Day Today

Every Episode

Wednesday 27th Mar 19:30

All of The Day Today, no votes, the whole damn show. We did this last year for it's unofficial brother Brasseye last year and it sold out, so get your tickets in fast. This is the TV show that gave the Television debut to Alan Partridge, a stone cold cult classic You will get all 6 episodes screened on the night plus there will be plenty of food and drink. THERE WILL ALSO BE A QUIZ! And the lucky winner will take home some cool themed prizes!

Annexe The Moon + The High Rip

Live Music
Saturday 30th Mar 19:30

The most notorious Liverpool gang of the 1890’s was The High Rip. Fast forward 120 years and it would seem little has changed. The 4 piece indie outfit pack an infectious punch of alt rock and post punk with a wry smile.

Raised and reared on the sunny norther shorelines of the Wirral Peninsula, Annexe the Moon have been creating and baking their particular brand of melodic Psych-Pop since early 2016.


A Confession from a Gay Catholic Compulsive Liar

Grin Theatre Presents

Wednesday 3rd Apr 19:30 - 22:30

A Confession from a Gay Catholic Compulsive Liar – is a semi autobiographical piece written and performed by Andrew Sinclair. It tells his story so far and for once is nothing but truthful about his experience of finding and understanding his masculinity as a gay man. Directed by Wes Williams Artistic Director of Grin Theatre this piece will not leave an emotion untouched. There will also be poetry / spoken word performed by Melys Elisabeth.

Over 18's only. This production contains adult themes through out

An Evening with Neil Campbell and Friends

Live Music
Thursday 4th Apr 19:00 - 22:00

Campbell’s work was recently described by BBC 6 Music’s Tom Robinson as “music of serious quality and distinction”. Classical Guitar Magazine has called him “an outstanding guitarist whose originality of thought makes him far more than just another gifted purveyor of finger acrobatics” and Sean Bradbury, GetIntoThis, said he was “a man whose fingers have the ability to harness any imaginable sound in any given style”.

The night will open with an energetic solo set, followed by a duo set for guitar and cello with cellist Nicole Collarbone. Then, ending the evening, the three-piece version of Neil’s latest group project, After the Flood Trio (with Marty Snape on acoustic guitar and Roger Gardiner on 8-string Overwater bass), will perform trio ‘chamber’ versions of music from the band’s recent eponymous 2018 album, along with new pieces never before heard.

Gerry Ffrench

support from Linda Campbell Band and King & Byrne.

Live Music
Friday 5th Apr 20:00 - 11:00

Liverpool Acoustic presents Gerry Ffrench, with support from Linda Campbell Band and King & Byrne.

Winner of Folk Northwest Magazine’s talent showcase at Costa del Folk Portugal in October 2017, Gerry is one of the finest singer songwriters working in the Northwest today. Her Liverpool-Irish roots have helped nurture a wonderful performer, writer and recording artist of rich contemporary folk music.

With their strong local flavour, Gerry’s own songs make many references to Liverpool’s maritime history while their style is firmly rooted in traditional folk and shanty. Now she is embarked on a mission to record and celebrate a way of life which has all but disappeared from Liverpool and every other major seaport.

What We Did Next

Musical Theatre Open Mic

Live Music
Saturday 6th Apr 19:30 - 11:30

What We Did Next return for another evening of Musical Theatre/Film Open Mic.

Johnny Dowd

Plus Support

Live Music
Thursday 18th Apr 19:30

Johnny Dowd is an American alternative country musician from Ithaca, New York. Typical of his style are experimental, noisy breaks in his songs and strong gothic (in the sense of dark and gloomy) elements in the lyrics as well as in the music. There is also a strong undercurrent of black humuor and the absurd in his work.

Although his early albums were most celebrated in the alternative country community, he has never quite fit into any particular genre. As a singer-songwriter, his music is most often compared to that of Tom Waits, Nick Cave and Captain Beefheart.

Johnny’s new album, “Family Picnic” will be released March 1, 2019. As Dowd says himself: “I had to dig pretty deep for this one. Not sure how many more tunes I have in me. Tick tock.

Danni Nicholls & Two Black Sheep

Heaven's Gate presentation

Live Music
Friday 19th Apr 20:00

Bob Harris favourite Danni Nicholls plus support from Liverpool's own Two Black Sheep.

With the wind in her sails from receiving consecutive Americana Music Association UK award nominations (2017 'UK Album of the Year’ for Mockingbird Lane and 2018 ‘ UK Artist of the Year’), singer-songwriter Danni Nicholls has been enjoying an incredible ride. From supporting the legendary Shakin' Stevens on his 28 date major UK tour to opening for the mighty Lucinda Williams and The Secret Sisters plus being invited to perform at prestigious events such as Folk Alliance International, Cambridge Folk Festival, Tonder Festival, Denmark and AmericanaFest in Nashville ... .2019 is set to be just as exciting. “I absolutely love the elegance and beauty of her music” Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2

“Danni is one of our favourites. She’s a dedicated, prolific creator, combining memorable melodies with thoughtful lyrics. Danni’s performances are captivating; her natural warmth making any stage her own.” David Pick, Founder & CEO Vintage TV

Tony Slattery is Unrehearsable

With Special Guest Helen Lederer

Saturday 20th Apr 14:00 - 16:30

Tony continues his monthly residency at 81 Renshaw. This month he interviews his old friend Helen Lederer, actress and comedian who will be familiar to all from Absolutely Fabulous, Naked Video, Hollyoaks and many more. Come and watch the two strangest minds in comedy in conversation and improv!

Mutant Vinyl Debut Album Liverpool Launch

Support from Zen Bassball Bat

Album Launch
Saturday 20th Apr 19:30

Celebrate the debut album from Mutant Vinyl - “Daffodils In Angell Town”. A fusion of electro-jazz and reggae is ably supported by the electro-ska vibes of Zen Baseball Bat

The Liquid Engineers

Pat Martin's Gary Numan Show plus support from Berlyn Trilogy

Live Music
Saturday 27th Apr 19:30 - 11:00

If you love the music of Gary Numan this is a show for you as we feature the best Electro Band on the circuit providing a full Tribute to the great man.

Pat Martin and the Liquid Engineers have built a fantastic reputation and are at 81 Renshaw for one night only.

The Show features all the hits and all the much-loved album tracks.

Support comes from Berlyn Trilogy a three-piece synth-pop act.


Stanley Brinks & Freschard

Sets from both artists

Live Music
Wednesday 8th May 19:30

Stanley Brinks Stanley started his musical career in as Andre Herman Dune in the trio 'Herman Düne'. He left in 2006 to concentrate on solo work and other collaborative projects. Since then he changed his name to Stanley Brinks and has released an enormous number of albums, most notably with Freschard and English rock band 'The Wave Pictures'.

Freschard Freschard grew up on a farm in French Burgundy. She started organising shows in the barn when she was about 12 years old. At 18 she moved to the big city, Paris, where she baked pies and cakes in a cafe. There, a local musician and regular customer called Andre Herman Dune (who would later change his name to Stanley Brinks) wrote a few songs for her to sing. She called her first E.P. 'Neon Orange'.

Thom Morecroft - Live in Liverpool

Support from The Southbound Attick Band & Caitlin Gillian

Live Music
Friday 10th May 19:30 - 23:00

The triple award-winning Thom Morecroft is putting on a gig at one of Liverpool's finest small venues this spring. He is joined by a full band, the cult-figure duo Southbound Attic Band and the incredible folk artist Caitlin Gilligan.

me and Deboe

plus Charlie McKeon + Esme Higgins + Jack Hatton

Live Music
Saturday 11th May 19:30

"Proving that an all female, dynamic duo can indeed create the most entrancing form of alternative rock..." The Music Manual.

Hailing from the Northwest, vibrant, award winning duo, ME And Deboe, play driving acoustic music that lives or dies on dexterous fingers and determined singing.

Mercy Elise, from Halifax West Yorkshire, met Liverpool born Sarah Deboe when the soloists were billed together for a night of live music in Chester.

The duo have been on a non- stop live tour, elevating energetic acoustic music across audiences on both a national and international stage. They have performed across Europe and America, establishing a firm place in a variety of diverse live music scenes.